Michigan DUI and Driver’s License Restoration Cases

As Michigan DUI lawyers, we know that if you’re facing a Michigan DUI charge, avoiding as many of the potential negative consequences and penalties is critical. Despite all there is to an OWI (Operating While Intoxicated) case, it all comes down to this:


The drunk driving laws in Michigan are complex, and there are countless factors that go into what makes up any given case, and the proper way to handle it, but the most important thing is getting the best results possible.

As Michigan driver’s license restoration attorneys, our firm guarantees to win every driver’s license restoration and clearance appeal case we file. You’ll only pay us once, and you WILL regain the privilege to drive again. The bottom line is that you either win your license back, or not.


There is a lot to know about the workings of DUI and driver’s license restoration cases, but the simple truth is that nothing matters more than results.

We Are Different

When you put your future and well-being into our care, you can be secure in the knowledge that your best interests are our first priority.

My team and I live by the Golden Rule - Treat others as you would wish to be treated.

We have a unique approach to how we do things, and that’s not just talk. In our capacity as Michigan DUI and driver’s license restoration attorneys, here are 3 of the many ways that we are different from everyone else:

  1. OUR FEES ARE LISTED ON OUR WEBSITE. What’s the big secret about something as important as money?
  2. We know you have enough on your mind and shouldn’t have to wonder “how much is this going to cost?” as you look for help.

    We are a premium firm and we charge accordingly, based upon our experience and the results we achieve. Unfortunately, it’s easy to wind up paying far too much for nothing more than average legal services. With us, you’ll get results.

  3. ALL OF OUR CONSULTATIONS ARE FREE, CONFIDENTIAL, AND DONE OVER THE PHONE, RIGHT WHEN YOU CALL. We are available Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. until 5:00 pm.
  4. My team and I are experienced and friendly people who are able and willing to answer your questions and explain things the moment you call.

    We have never required anyone to “come in” to talk about their case, or ask questions. As DUI attorneys representing people in Michigan, we know that the ability to quickly get your questions answered by phone is a big money and time saver for everyone.

  5. WE URGE YOU TO CHECK AROUND WITH OTHER LAWYERS. An important part of our approach is to remind everyone to compare other law firms with ours.
  6. Will they answer your questions over the phone? Do they make you come in, or otherwise provide contact information so they can keep after you? We don’t do any of that, and never engage in any kind of “high pressure” tactics, either.

    There is simply no good reason to not be a smart consumer, explore your options, and find the kind of representation that’s right for you and your case. Why wouldn’t anyone encourage you to do just that?

TeamThe “Where” Factor

  • A DUI or CRIMINAL CASE in the Greater-Detroit area is different than one being heard in some distant Michigan Court.

    As DUI lawyers serving Michigan, we concentrate our DUI and criminal practice in Metro-Detroit area of Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Lapeer, Livingston, St. Clair and Washtenaw Counties. By regularly appearing in these same courts, we know who’s who, and how things are done there.

    If you have been charged with an OWI or criminal offense, you need a lawyer who concentrates in DUI cases.

  • To produce the best results possible in DUI and criminal I cases, my team and I keep it local, and bring the benefit of repeat, day-in and day-out experience to get things done right and produce the best results where your case is pending.

  • DRIVER’S LICENSE RESTORATION cases are handled through the Michigan Secretary of State, and are the same everywhere.

    Our license reinstatement practice is state-wide, and even country-wide.

    We serve clients no matter where they may live, as long as they’re trying to restore a revoked Michigan driver’s license or clear a Michigan hold on their driving record in order to get a license in another state.

DUI Cases

No matter what the facts, a DUI charge won’t dismiss itself. That’s where we come in.

As Michigan DUI lawyers, we need to evaluate the all of evidence, and from there, formulate a comprehensive defense plan and strategy in order to produce the best and most lenient possible outcome.

Everyone facing a DUI charge has certain concerns and questions. In a 1st offense DUI cases, for example, the honest answers to these common questions go like this:

  • Am I going to jail?
  • Almost certainly not, and we’ll do everything possible to make sure that doesn’t happen.

  • Can we beat this charge?
  • Perhaps, but we’ll use every legal tactic to get it dismissed, or otherwise reduced.

  • Will I lose my driver’s license?
  • No, although you will likely have some restrictions placed on your driving for a while.

  • How much does a DUI lawyer cost?
  • As noted above, we publish our fees right here: FEES

  • How will this affect my professional or occupational license?
  • Generally speaking, it won’t, but you’ll probably have to report a DUI conviction.

These are the kinds of real-world concerns that real people have.

It may be profitable for a lawyer to simply tell someone facing a DUI what they want to hear, but we as DUI attorneys serving Michigan, we believe it’s far better to tell him or her what they really need to hear - the truth.

In that regard, although staying out of jail is certainly the first order of business in any DUI case, there are plenty of other consequences to avoid or minimize, as well.

These include being forced into unnecessary counseling and/or treatment, getting put on long and demanding probation with all kinds of required testing, and losing the ability to drive. A DUI case can affect your driving privileges, so one of our most important jobs is protecting them.

These are the kinds of things that will negatively impact you, and affect your life, and day to day living. As such, they are exactly what you need to be avoid. As DUI lawyers based in Michigan, we use our specific skill set to actually make things better in the ways that will positively affect your life.

Dealing with such issues MUST be a key part of handling your case, and my team and I will make sure that it is. For as much as there is to know about DUI law, and for all the things a lawyer can and should know, unless it has a direct and favorable impact on your case, won’t help you a single bit.

In a 2nd offense DUI case, everything changes, including the overall legal strategy. This goes beyond the mere fact that a 2nd offense is more serious than a 1st offense.

Things like counseling and treatment go from being important options to something required by law. Accordingly, an important part of any defense plan for a 2nd offense DUI charge should include a consideration of options like Sobriety Court and other such programs. As your Michigan DUI lawyers, we will make sure that it is.

A 3rd offense DUI charge is a felony, and brings with it a wide-ranging set of concerns and issues.

The proper handling of a 3rd offense DUI case requires all the same knowledge as handling 1st and 2nd offense DUI cases, but also requires the lawyer to have some additional and different experience and skills in order to produce the best result possible.

In many 3rd offense DUI cases, we can reduce the felony charge to a misdemeanor. Whatever else, avoiding as much of the potential negative fallout from a 3rd offense DUI charge is among the things my team and I do best.

In the pages that follow on the DUI section of this website, you’ll find a separate and more detailed examinations of 1st, 2nd, and 3rd offense DUI charges, as well as other important topics, including:

  • What to do after a DUI arrest,
  • Evaluating the evidence and beating the charge,
  • The legal process, staying out of jail, and probation,
  • What can and will happen to your driver’s license, and
  • The importance of location and hiring a genuine Michigan DUI attorney.

For even more information, check out my blog. It is updated with 2 new articles each week and the DUI section has more information about how drunk driving cases work than you can find anywhere else. It is fully searchable, allowing you to find a direct answer to just about any question you could ever have.

Driver’s License Restoration

If your license has been revoked for multiple DUI's, our firm guarantees that, if we file your case, we’ll win it back.

If you've moved out of state and have a Michigan revocation or hold on your driving record, we likewise guarantee that, if we represent you, we will win a clearance of the Secretary of State's hold on your driving record, no matter where in the world you live now.

All license appeal cases are filed with and decided by the Michigan Secretary of State’s Office of Hearings and Administrative Oversight (OHAO).

As Michigan driver’s license restoration lawyers, my team and I can guarantee results because we maintain complete and strict quality control over every aspect of our license appeal cases. We make sure everything is done right so you can get back on the road again, legally.

As a genuine and highly successful Michigan driver’s license restoration law firm, we have a proven system to win your license appeal, and we back up our promises with a first-time win guarantee in every Michigan license restoration and clearance appeal case we file.

We handle - and win - more driver’s license restoration, clearance appeal, and ignition interlock violation cases in a single year than almost every other lawyer will ever see in their entire career.

Our unequalled experience and skill, backed by our guarantee, makes us every bit as invested in winning the first time around as our clients.

You simply cannot do better than that.

The various pages within the Driver’s License Restoration section of this site examine the whole reinstatement process, including:

  • The Michigan driver’s license restoration process and our first time win guarantee,
  • Eligibility and the legal issues involved in restoration and clearance cases, including sobriety,
  • How drugs and Medicines - including and especially marijuana - complicate things,
  • Why you DO NOT have to be in AA to win your license back, and
  • Ignition interlock violations.

To learn even more, visit the driver’s license restoration section of my blog. It is fully searchable, and contains more detailed information about every facet of the Michigan license appeal process than you can find anywhere else.

DUI and Driver’s License Restoration - Bringing it Together

Beyond just being a DUI lawyer based in Michigan, and the senior partner of our firm, I have also completed a formal, post-graduate program of addiction studies. My team and I use this clinical knowledge to provide additional and unequalled help for our driver’s license restoration and DUI clients.

At the end of the day, my team and I are better DUI lawyers because we’re also driver’s license restoration attorneys - and we are better driver’s license restoration lawyers because we’re also DUI attorneys.

Every facet of the development, diagnosis, treatment of, and recovery from alcohol and substance abuse problems is directly relevant to the issues involved in driver’s license restoration and DUI cases.

Our firm brings a strong recovery perspective to what we do, and that provides a direct benefit to every person we represent.

In DUI cases, we need to protect our clients - the majority of whom DO NOT have any kind of drinking problem - from being treated as if they do, and from being ordered to get any kind of “help” they really don’t need.

For anyone who has developed (or may be at risk to develop) some kind of troubled relationship to alcohol or drugs, we can provide more help than simply being Michigan DUI attorneys. Our unique skill set enables us to help them avoid having to complete some kind of treatment that’s not a good fit, or that is otherwise “too much.”

In driver’s license restoration and clearance appeal cases we rely upon our understanding of the many ways – beyond AA – that people get sober.

Contrary to what some people mistakenly believe, you DO NOT have to be in AA to win your license back.

Criminal Cases

Just as in our DUI and driver’s license restoration practice, many of the criminal cases we handle arise from the operation of or otherwise involve motor vehicles.

Our firm handles countless Driving While License Suspended (DWLS) and Driving While License Revoked (DWLR) cases, and our experience as driver's license restoration and DUI lawyers provides us an unsurpassed advantage to produce the best possible outcomes in them.

Our firm has helped countless people facing things like indecent exposure and embezzlement charges move past an incident of bad judgment and get on with their lives.

Our approach to criminal cases is that same as it is in DUI cases: avoid or minimize as many of the negative consequences and potential penalties as possible. Here, too, we operate based upon the principle that success is best measured by what does NOT happen to you.

In the Criminal section of this site, you’ll find an overview of subjects like:

  • Arraignments, bail and bond, probable cause conferences and the criminal court process,
  • DWLS and DWLR, embezzlement, indecent exposure and drug possession charges,
  • District and circuit courts,
  • The difference between felony and misdemeanor charges.
  • Sentencing and probation violations.

My team and I limit the kinds of charges we handle in order to produce exceptional and outstanding results. We don’t handle rape or murder cases, focusing instead on cases like those mentioned above.

There’s even more information to be found on my blog. The criminal cases section has hundreds of highly detailed articles that examine, among other things, how cases actually work in court, and the role of the lawyer in handling these matters.

When all is said and done, my team and I pour our hearts and souls into producing the best outcome possible in every case we take. We are caring DUI attorneys representing people in Michigan, and conscientious driver’s license restoration lawyers handling Michigan license issues for people no matter where they live.

No lawyer can do more, and we will never do less.

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